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The Hidden Costs Of The LA Teachers Strike

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Unions are monopolists that work against the public good.

The Case Against Higher Tax Rates

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

On incentives, deadweight loss, and economists who should know better.

Immigration And The Census

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Judge Furman was on solid legal ground in striking down the Trump Administration’s citizenship question.

A License To Hate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Why America’s progressives flaunt their abusive disdain for Trump voters.

The Greatness Of Harold Demsetz

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 14, 2019

America has lost one of its most powerful and original economic minds.

Gender Equality?

On The Basis Of Sex

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 7, 2019

Ginsburg's gender crusade, while noble, also created market distortions.

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How The Electromagnetic Spectrum Became Politicized

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

An account of the FCC's many glaring mistakes. 

The Unpredictability Of Deregulation: The Case Of Airlines

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Some unlikely policy lessons from Jimmy Carter and Teddy Kennedy. 

Chicago Skyline

Chicago's New Obama Burden

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 17, 2018

The public trust doctrine should keep the Presidential Center out of Jackson Park.

Beware Of The Big-Government Right

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Oren Cass’s new book contains a flawed game plan for America.


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